Boy Denied First Communion Because Of Disability
A Texas woman is outraged after she says her 8-year-old grandson was denied the opportunity to participate in a religious milestone all because he has a developmental disability.
Irma Castro spent months preparing her grandson, Kevin, for his first communion. But she says the priest at her Floresville, Texas church refused to allow the boy to participate because he has cerebral palsy and limited mental abilities.
According to Castro, Father Phil Henning said that he did not believe Kevin had “sufficient knowledge” of Christ, a requirement for first communion.
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As an alternative, the priest offered Kevin the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. But Castro called the offer “offensive,” arguing that the blessing is typically reserved for those who are facing death, reports KSAT, the San Antonio, Texas ABC affiliate. To read more click here.